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Compounds Not Required: 29, 47, 13

It’s been a joy, to be a part of the show, Compounds Not Required: 29, 47, 13 in the Vulcan Gallery at Building 16,  at the Workhouse Arts Cin Lorton, VA.  The opening reception will be from 6-8pm on February 10th.  The  show dates are January 24th – March 4th.

Interval Sea by Britt Conley 

















I’ve been working on six works of art for the exhibit.  Interval Sea, Incorporates wood and copper. I wanted to create a work that represents the essence of music: Intervals.  Intervals are not simply, relative up and down notes. They are the very creative contextual ‘sea’ of anywork. Their conversation colours our emotions and plays with our emotive context.  They are the pieces by which the listener is journeyed through a composer’s work. I’ve created a relative boat that they twirl around.  We could have rough seas, calm seas, but either way, the sea never remains the same. It wil continue on until the work is complete.  We can only ride along within their contextual relativity.

Compounds Not Required 29 47 13 at the Workhouse Arts Center
















The show examines work from six artists utilizing metals in their process highlighting the allure, complexities and innovations of the craft. The exhibition explores metals as elements from the periodic table, specifically copper (29), brass, silver (47), aluminum (13), and steel; while demonstrating how these small physical components both make up a whole and have the power to stand alone. 

Compounds Not Required.  Patrons looking at Britt Conley’s Chopin Etude #12 from Opus 25.
















Each of the sculptures I’ve entered,  incorporates copper as a way to move ones eye around the work and highlight the structures and relevance of the musical works.

Danse Macabre by Britt Conley









Danse Macabre has copper that mimics the wood grain.  Surprising glints of light appear as one walks around it.  I’ve added the element of surprise, throughout the work, by addding surprising windows that bring the viewer in with their own curiosity.  CamileSaint-Saëns original musical score, the “DanseMacabre” traps the listener with a circular complexity that whirls one into a beautiful and poignant dance of internal surprises. The listener is journeyed through, but not alow to stay.

CamileSaint-Saëns,”Danse Macabre” by Britt Conley


















Tchaikovsky made only one violin concerto, but it is the very measure by which we determine violin virtuosity. With this work I am attempting to capture the shapes of each movement and the work’s atenuating,  musical runs.  His compelling structure is  unexpectedly towering.

Tchaikovsky’s Violine Concerto by Britt Conley












The Work also utilizes copper and copper strings to represent the violin sounds.

Tchaikovsky violin concertoin DMajor, Op.35 by Britt Conley
Sculptures by Britt Conley





Aside from the sculptures I also added three 3-dimensional paintings, also representing particular pieces of music.

Chopin’s12th Etude Opus 25, ,is a study in forward momentum, loud chordal arpeggiations with a melodic inertia that pierces into ourconsciousnes. The pianist quickly moves us through the octaves while the melody simply hovers spaciously, between elegant, raw turmoil. This etude exudes the beauty of emotion within Chopin’s fuly motioned, ‘Ocean’ of sound.















I’ve added paino wire to accentuate the beauty within the rhythm of the work.

Chopin Etude #12 Opus, 25 by Britt Conley









Each of the elements upon the oil painting surface are copper with patina and copper based metal additions.

Johannes Brahms: Feldeinsamkeit, Op.86, No.2 by Britt Conley.  Oil and pen on Canvas, copper patina ,copper wire, phosphor bronze, steel and wood on canvas.


















Johannes Brahms: Feldeinsamkeit, Op.86, No.2  is based off of the incredible poem.  A song for voice and piano.  The work translates to, Solitue in the Fields

“I lie quietly in the high green grass, And for a long time I gaze at the sky,

Surrounded by ceasless chirping of the crickets, Enmeshed wonderously by Heaven azure.

The beautiful white clouds are moving, Through the deep blue, like lovely quiet dreams.

It seems to me as if I had died long ago.  And move with them in bliss through everlasting space.”

I used copper wire in many ways throughout the work to represent the singing crickets and steel with copper eyelets to express the melody.  The white space is Brahms’ spatial ambiance.

Johannes Brahms: Feldeinsamkeit, Op.86, No.2 by Britt Conley










The Rachmonioff Piano Concerto #3 was created with Copper, patina, phosphor bronze,  brass and steel.  It’s an unexpected 3 dimensional modern whimsy.  I like to joke that it’s made from all the strings that were broken, trying to play it.  It’s really far more about shape, complexity and repetition.  It’s far cooler in person that on the photograph.

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3 by Britt Conley










The final work from the show is Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral.  The cathedral is unsoldered copper.  The rest is stained glass.

Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral by Britt Conley









 I created it for the concert at the Masonic Temple in June.
Britt Conley’s Stained Glass and light show with Virginia Bronze at the National Masonic Temple. Photo by Forrest MacCormack
The panel went very well.
The panel featuring all of the artists.
It was really wonderful to have my father and sister there.
Harald Malmgren and daughter Britt Conley infront of her work.
Overall, the exhibit is really nice.  I did not get a chance to photograph everyone’s work but will update this post soon, with more from everyone.  In the meantime, please come by to see the show!  It’s on view until March 4th, 2018.
Compounds Not Required 29, 47, 13

Britt Conley’s Stained Glass with Interactive Musical Light Experience: a concert with Virginia Bronze!

An incredible journey… MUSIC VISUALIZED IN STAINED GLASS FOR “MYSTIC AND MAJESTIC” CONCERT BY VIRGINIA BRONZE It was a year in the making and an amazing artistic journey!  In June of 2016 I began talks with Virginia Bronze on collaborating for their season finale.  The concert: Mystical and Majestic would be taking place at the George … Continue reading Britt Conley’s Stained Glass with Interactive Musical Light Experience: a concert with Virginia Bronze!

Strathmore Show : La Vie en Bleu

Really enjoyed  the opening reception, on Thursday,  January 5th, 2017, in the Strathmore Mansion at the Strathmore Center for the Arts in North Bethesda.   The show, “La Vie en Bleu” features  the color blue, itself.   The piece that juried in, is titled “Out of the Blue” The receptoin was wonderful and garnered quite the crowd!  A phenomenal … Continue reading Strathmore Show : La Vie en Bleu

Crossroad’s Gallery at Goodwin House

I just wanted to thank everyone for all your support and for coming out to see the works on March 6th at the Crossroad’s Gallery at Goodwin House.  As I said earlier, during my talk, musicians always have a dancing partner.  Generally they enjoying creating in groups.  Even when practicing alone, they still have the … Continue reading Crossroad’s Gallery at Goodwin House

Jazz composition for John Kocur

Working on the finishing touches on this piece for my show this week at the Workhouse Art’s Center in Lorton, Virginia.  I’ve picked four Washington D.C. area Jazz composers and created a painting for each that represents the persona of their writing style.  They in turn are writing original compositions to their paintings.  We converge … Continue reading Jazz composition for John Kocur

Courtly Love

Courtly Love: a love worth the greatest efforts one has to give, the farthest wishes one has to hope for, and the greatest prize one can reach for.  It is elegant, upstanding, demanding and life changing and all with the beauty and elegance of touch, grace and passionate scheming. Britt

Music, The Making of…

From top to bottom: Notes fall from the staff into the realm of instrumentation, are converted into sounds while being played before being put toward the listener’s perception as a lovely ballet of melodic line.  I have to clean this up but for a first sketch, not bad.  This is a tabled-3/4 view. Britt

Sea Scape Scrabble

A little fun after a long week of pitfalls and ponderings.  Will be posting the entire story tomorrow.  Just needed to have a bit of fun, let loose and dream of the sea, sun and all the fun one has floating about. I’ll be adding to this post tomorrow… as for now… zzzzzzzzzzzz. Britt